Sunday, December 28, 2014

Day After Disaster Discussion Topic #5


First aid in a survival situation is paramount. Everyone in your group should have a basic knowledge of first aid skills and CPR. Thought should be given to your future community as well. Do you have someone in your group who is a doctor or who has an advanced medical knowledge?

Luckily basic first aid classes are  available at a plethora of outlets. Often communities will sponsor CPR events and they definitely can be found at your local red cross. Another good source of classes is your local REI or outdoors store. Usually they have a wide variety of classes including: basic first aid, wilderness first aid, etc. For further knowledge, local colleges often offer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Classes in a semester of learning. This certifies you as an EMT but more importantly you will gain a lot of knowledge on how to triage a scene and start basic medical procedures to secure a patient. One of my favorite internet survival medicine resources is thesurvivaldoctor.com  but there are a huge amount of sites out there offering all kinds of practical information on the subject. Go ahead and read, read, read  but make sure you get some hands on practice as well. There is a big difference between learning and doing.

Links to classes:
http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class
http://www.onlinecprcertification.net/firstaidcourse.php
http://www.rei.com/learn.html
thesurvivaldoctor.com


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 Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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